Norfolk Constabulary’s chief constable has paid tribute to the county’s Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), as the role ceases from Saturday.

In October chief constable Simon Bailey announced plans to scrap PCSOs and close some public enquiry offices as part of efforts to save £10m by 2020.

“I’m extremely proud of the outstanding work PCSOs have achieved,” said Mr Bailey. He said the change had been a “difficult process” but added that the redeployment of staff and an investment in technology is helping tackle crime.

Of 176 staff facing redundancy nearly 80 have been redeployed with 30 becoming police constables.

Residents can meet officers face-to-face at new engagement surgeries in Hunstanton on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm and in Downham Market on Thursdays 11am to 1pm.